Whitney and Rich

Wedding Date: 06.14.14
Event Coordinator: Laura

A small intimate, rustic wedding in June is what every bride dreams of and Whitney and Rich’s wedding was every bit of that dream. When I met Whitney she explained to us how she and Rich decided upon the Ohio Village for their wedding and reception:
“One evening while visiting OHS, we stood together at the Altar, and Rich expressed to me how much he loved and cared for me, that he never wanted to leave my side, and that he wanted me to be his wife. From that moment forward, it became “our spot” and “our church”… the moment he made our engagement official, I knew the only place in the world that we should be on our wedding day was in “our church.”

It was very important to Whitney and Rich to do a special reveal before the ceremony, as Whitney describes,”We are very connected, he is my rock and it was the hardest thing waiting to see him.”

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They fully utilized the rustic charm of the Ohio Village with her décor and details as she describes below:
“Our vision was to have a small, quaint, rustic wedding, and so that is exactly what we had. Fewer than 100 guests piled into the small church, decorated with burlap, baby’s breath, and candles.

Our reception was small, and quiet. The yards in the village provided the small children with a place to run and play, and the garden served as a gathering place for our family and friends to share in our joy. We served petite desserts, lemonade and sweet tea; it was absolutely the most perfect evening to share in the twilight! We played soft music in the background, and shared in laugher and fun with our guests.”

We’re so glad the Ohio Village Church provided the perfect setting for Whitney and Rich’s small, picturesque wedding. Best wishes to the happy couple!!

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Susan and Mike

Kruman/Gorman Wedding

5.3.14
Event Coordinator: Laura Sisinger
Captain: Katie Sullivan

Hello! Before I share this lovely couple’s Ohio Village wedding, I wanted to introduce myself as the new Event Coordinator for the Ohio History Connection! I have been in the hospitality industry for a little over 8 years, in hotels and catering, and just recently came to my new home at OHC. I’m ecstatic to be a part of such a wonderful organization and have the opportunity to coordinate some fantastic events and delightful weddings.

One of my first weddings in the Ohio Village was the Kruman/Gorman wedding. Susan and Mike are two of the kindest people you’ll ever meet and they are just perfect for each other. I could tell from the moment I met them, only a few weeks before their wedding, it was going to be a special day in the Ohio Village Church. My favorite part about this wedding is the simplicity of the décor. Delicate tulle bows lined the aisle way and two white flower arrangements adorned the altar area. The attention was definitely on the Bride and Groom and I just loved it.
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Susan had this to say about why they chose the church for their wedding:
“We knew that OHS hosted weddings because I had a friend who married there several years ago. When Mike and I were looking for places for our wedding, I suggested OHS. Once we toured the place, it was pretty much settled that we would get married there. It had the right combination of tradition and character that we wanted for our wedding.
The staff at OHS was helpful from the time we initially toured the village until the ceremony was finished. They were responsive, helpful, excited for us and clearly had experience with planning and hosting weddings. In fact, Laura was our source for the traditional way of doing things as well as other options other couples have chosen. Her expertise really helped when it came to ironing out the finer details of the ceremony during our rehearsal.”

Susan and Mike’s day couldn’t have been any more perfect, and when asked about her favorite parts of the day, she seemed to agree:
“Our wedding at OHS was a memorable, perfect day. The family and friends, excitement of marrying my best friend, the setting of and staff at OHS and the weather came together to make it a dream come true.”
As you can tell, the photos from the wedding turned out great! Susan and Mike had some great ideas, and I love all the different ways they included the village as a backdrop in their photos.
“After our ceremony, the Village was our playground as we took all kinds of fun pictures. We posed on the bridge and trolley at one of the Village, I “played” tug of war with the groomsmen in the middle of the village, we checked out the baseball scores from the recent Muffin’s game and we took some pictures in the traditional setting of the church. The Village is a fantastic place for wedding pictures!”

Susan had this fantastic advice to give to pass along to her fellow brides about planning their wedding:
“We would highly recommend the Village to couples planning their wedding! I would also recommend that brides plan their wedding day to suit their personality, budget, etc and not be too worried about what other people want or think. The best complement we received about our wedding is that it really reflected our personalities (as a wedding should).”

Thanks Susan and Mike for letting us be a part of your special day! We offer you best wishes for the future!

Wedding Processional: Trumpet Voluntary
Wedding Recessional:Hornpipe from Water Music

Photographer: CandidKama

 

 

Sarah and Dan

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Jenna and Patrick

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Krista and Chaymen

Wedding Date: May 24, 2013

Coordinator: Erin

Krista and Chaymen: Talk about a cool couple and a cool wedding! The couple held a small, intimate, beautiful wedding here at the Ohio Village last spring where they exchanged vows in front of the people who mean the most to them. The simplicity was romantic, refreshing and made for incredible memories that I’m sure they will cherish forever.

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“I was never the kind of girl who dreamed about her wedding day, but I could not have imagined a more beautiful day,” said Krista after I followed up with her about the special day. “My favorite moment was right after the ceremony. Since we had only immediate family and a few close friends, we were met with a sea of hugs after we were pronounced husband and wife. There was not a dry eye in sight.” For the ceremony, they picked the spot of the village where they were shaded by the weeping willow tree with the vineyard behind them. The setting was gorgeous.

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I can’t pick just one favorite moment from this wedding so here are two:
1.) The arrival. All of the wedding party and the guests arrived at the Ohio Village together on a trolley. How cool is that? Because the guest list was so short, they all could truly spend the whole day together.
2.) The reception. The Ohio Village has a small little nook that we call the Beer Garden. With black iron tables and chairs, a bar (called the Elks Head Tavern) and a beautiful arbor, it is romantic and unique. After snapping a few photos around the village, Krista and Chaymen joined their dozen guests in the Beer Garden. Keeping true to their style, they kept things simple. Delicious food, a mimosa bar, laughs, and love.

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“I recommend the Ohio Historical Society because it’s unique and understated,” said Krista.  “There are plenty of choices when it comes to ceremony sites and the staff is incredibly accommodating. Some of the most fun we had that day was taking photos with our wedding party at the Ohio Village. How can you not have fun with your best women while posing in front of the Female Seminary sign?”

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Advice from Krista:

No matter how nontraditional, do exactly what you want to do on your wedding day. Don’t give into pressure.

Thank you Brian Gluys and 222 Photography for the incredible shots!

Stephanie and Tony

Wedding Date:  September 1, 2013

Coordinator:  Erin

We tend to have a ton of teachers choose the Ohio Village for their wedding venue. Maybe because their colleagues bring students here for a field trip and say, “Hey (Bride’s name), there’s a cute church here!” Whatever the reason may be, I like it! These ladies are organized…and by organized I mean instructions are color coded, they take notes at meetings, and probably have post-it notes in their purses. They also know exactly what they want and can make it happen.

Stephanie definitely fits this description which helped make their wedding so spectacular. I first met her and Tony about 16 months before their wedding. We can’t book weddings until 12 months before the date, but these two knew that the church was their perfect venue. They were ready and reserved it at exactly midnight, 1 year before their wedding, to make sure it was theirs! They had great ideas and the attention to detail allowed the theme to carry from The Dress, through the ceremony, all the way to the reception. The results were unforgettable and their photographer, Lauren from Barefeet Studio, captured it all.

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When I asked Stephanie for her favorite moment of her wedding day, she responded, “Getting ready in the basement of the church with my bridesmaids is a time I won’t ever forget.” Those moments with your closest friends and family before you walk down the aisle are some of the most precious memories of your day.

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This First Look is so precious!

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“I will never forget walking up the aisle after we were married. I was feeling part relief, part joy…even though my veil fell out when we started walking! My husband and I were able to have a moment to ourselves for the first time all day.” That moment is so special and we try to allow for this at each wedding here in the Ohio Village. After the walk up the aisle as Man and Wife, we tuck the couple in a private room for a few special moments together, away from the crowd of people and the details and the camera.Celebrate

Stephanie and Tony were an amazing couple to work with. You can see in each picture how much love they have. They worked as a team through each detail and even used a point system to pick their songs. Stephanie explains, “Our first dance was That’s How Strong My Love Is by Otis Redding. Tony and I narrowed it down to five songs together and then used a point system to pick the winner. I was kind of excited when our DJ had to get the song from us because it meant it wasn’t used at 100 weddings last year.” Everything about their wedding was unique and truly what they wanted, from the confetti toss, to the bridesmaids’ dresses, to the recessional to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing. Stephanie says, “Weddings are built on tradition and familiarity.” Although she wasn’t afraid to do anything unexpected and fun either! Check out a few images from here cool reception:

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“The church is such a pretty space. It is unique and the staff is so easy to work with,” Stephanie explains about the Ohio Village venue. “We did things here that a lot of venues wouldn’t have ever let happen. The confetti picture is one of my favorites.” It’s one of my favorites, too, Stephanie! This was SO much fun. You can’t see me, but I’m in the back throwing confetti too. (Be sure to click on this picture to see it in full size!)

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Stephanie’s advice to planning brides:

Make it yours.  If you have a great idea to make it unique, don’t be afraid to try.  You only get to do it once but pick your priorities that are the MOST important to you when selecting where to spend your budget. Also, have a plan for the day of, and share it with the bridal party.  Create a time schedule and assign them tasks ahead of time for clean up so you don’t have to stress about it. Lastly, don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control.  Most likely, your guests won’t notice if you don’t mention it!

Processional: Canon in D, Pachelbel

Recessional: Don’t Stop Believing, Journey

First Dance: That’s How Strong my Love Is, Otis Redding

Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

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Adrianne and Rodney

Wedding Date: August 18, 2012

Coordinator: Erin and Jim

I know that I say this every time, but this blog entry is seriously one of my favorites.  Not because of it’s amazing beach theme and beautiful decorations.  Not because of the amazing food served by Weiland’s Gourmet Market.  It’s because this wedding was for one of the family!

Adrianne is one of our very own.  She was part of the event coordinator team here at the Ohio Historical Society for over six years and planned plenty of weddings while she worked with us.  It was so great to have her come back and use our spaces for her own celebration!

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Adrianne and Rodney were married on the beach in Florida on June 17, 2012 surrounded by their closest friends and family.  It was an intimate and beautiful ceremony.  They wanted to celebrate with the rest of their loved ones, as well, so on August 18, 2012, they did just that.  With the tables clothed in a sandy-brown, starfish seat markers, and sandy centerpieces, the party was stunning.  Two-hundred and ten people joined Jim and I to shower Adrianne and Rodney with congratulations.

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Adrianne chose the Red Carpet Area of the museum for her celebration.  This space is right in the center of our museum floor and surrounded by the exhibits.  Adrianne explained, “I am very familiar with all of the wedding spaces at OHS, but I chose the Red Carpet Area because it is so unique.   When I worked here, weddings in that space were my favorite.  The Red Carpet is very dramatic and guests have a unique opportunity to tour the museum with a cocktail in hand.  This is perfect for the cocktail hour while they wait for the bride and groom to arrive.”  Their guests took full advantage of this amenity as they enjoyed the open-bar, compliments of the groom’s parents.

It is so nice when a bride knows the space so well and knows exactly how she wants it to look.  She can basically plan the wedding herself!  Rodney, however, was still on the fence about the event space.  He couldn’t see how we could bring the feel of their beach wedding into the reception but we told him that he would just have to trust us.  Jim says: “For me, the highlight of their reception was when Rodney came to me right before it started and said, ‘I had my doubts, but you pulled it off!  It looks perfect!'”

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When the cocktail hour was over the guests made their way to the tables and took their seats.  Weiland’s Gourmet Market catered the event and prepared an amazing buffet with food grilled fresh at our venue.

Honey Soy Glazed Grilled Boneless Pork Chops
Teriyaki Marinated Chicken & Veggie Kebobs
Herb Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes
Fresh Green Beans Almondine
Cranberry, Mandarin Spinach Salad with Crumbled Goat Cheese Served with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
Assorted Rolls & Homemade Fresh Herbed Foccacia Breads with Butter
Vegetarian Option – Eggplant stuffed with Quinoa

Steve, from Weiland’s, catered many events for Adrianne while she worked here, so it was no surprise to us that she would choose him to cater her own reception.  He and his whole team did an incredible job.

As dinner wrapped up, Adrianne and Rodney thanked all of their guests for coming and invited them to view their wedding video.  The Red Carpet Area was perfect for this part of the evening, as well.  Guests could stay in their seats and see the video, projected onto the museum’s presentation screen.  “This was my favorite part of the reception,” says Adrianne.  “Having all of our friends and family watch the projection screen and see our beach wedding was wonderful.  They were able to see the highlights of our wedding day, witness our sand ceremony and hear us exchange vows.”  The background music to the video was the couple’s wedding song: Free by Zac Brown Band.

DancingI have to agree with Adrianne that this was the most special part of the evening.  I certainly recommend this to anyone who has a destination wedding.  Come back home and share those special memories with the rest of your loved ones who couldn’t make the trip.

When the video ended, the DJ (Fiesta Sounds) invited the couple onto the dance floor where they danced to their song together.  After one more song for all of the married couples (the Anniversary Dance), the rest of the guests joined them on the dance floor for an energetic evening.   With an open bar adjacent to the dance floor and the museum open for their browsing, this was a great celebration.

Helping Adrianne with her wedding was so exciting and extremely rewarding.  The tables had turned and one of our own was celebrating her marriage.  We knew we had to make it special, and I think we did just that.

True to her event planning past, Adrianne’s advice to future brides is simple and sweet:

“Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Congratulations Adrianne and Rodney!  We are so happy for you both!

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